LAPLACE, La. -- It was an outpouring of grief and support from law enforcement from federal, state and local agencies across Louisiana.
They formed a huge procession, bringing the body of Officer Jeremy Triche to St. Joan of Arc in LaPlace.
Those who knew him were still choking back tears.
“He was a great kid. He was a good police officer. He was a wonderful father,” said Carrie Connell, a retired Kenner Police Department. “His family is just absolutely wonderful.”
“He was a good cop,” said Tanya Daniels, a LaPlace volunteer firefighter. “He loved his job. He loved his dog. He was a good family man.”
Archbishop Gregory Aymond has been counseling Triche’s parents since Thursday’s shootings.
“A man who was very dedicated to his family and obviously to his job, and how they’re coping with it, I think in these kinds of circumstances it’s one breath at a time,” Aymond said.
Thursday’s quadruple shooting – two deputies, two injured – and the incredible violence involved left Aymond deeply concerned.
“Evil does exist in the world, and evil actions take the lives of others. And perhaps it’s just time for us to get back to the very, very basics of the Ten Commandments: ‘Thou shall not kill.’”
So how does a community, especially one as close as this, find closure and move on with their lives?
“We move on because we realize that this is not God’s dream for us. We can make this a better world,” Aymond said. “Perhaps the life of Jeremy is a sign, and a big sign, to the rest of us that we have to be a more peace-filled society, that this violence just cannot continue.”